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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Camarin Guesthouse Resort & Eco-Park: Short Stop to Chase the Sunset (Cavinti Laguna)

Camarin Guesthouse Resort & Eco-Park is located along the shore of Caliraya Lake, 7 kilometers from the town of Lumban, Laguna.  It is one of the National Power Corporations (NPC)'s facilities. 

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
The total land area is about 7 hectare.  

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
A land mass intrusion to the lake in octopus shape with gradual slope.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
There's a long bridge where you can view the sky and lake horizon.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
On a clear day, the view is just okay.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
But, it transforms into a more romantic setting with the orange hues of the sunset.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
Aside from the bridge, the tall watch tower offers another wholesome view.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
This dock is so scenic like that of Dawson's Creek or the local Tabing Ilog tv show.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
You can also play around in the huts.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
There's a wash area...

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
and dining area so you can hang out here.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
There are indoor and outdoor activities.  It includes a swimming pool and wall-climbing.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
The Pavilion, Executive Cottage, Twin-Cabanas, Conference & Seminars Halls are for rent.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
At the back of the cottages is a view of the lake.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
We enjoyed our merienda at the Conference Hall.  We met the manager which is the wife of a town's councilor.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
Our stay was short but sweet.
Camarin Guesthouse Resort & Eco-Park
Address Cavinti Laguna
Budget Per Person 600-2,000 Camarin Guesthouse Resort & 
Eco-Park Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours 24/7
Reservation Required Yes
Contact  (632) 922-8434 
  | (632) 924-5340

Monday, August 10, 2015

Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center (Cavinti Laguna)

Near the town of Cavinti Laguna, there's a covered basketball court where the Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center is located.

Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
The Kalakal Cavinti Atbp. Cooperative operates at the Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center where its women pandan weaver members benefit from it as a source of income.
Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
Roughly 5,000 pandan leaves are cleaned in a month.  The leaves are then dried and softened using the heavy ilohan made of a big tree trunk.  I tried to operate it myself as the women there made it look easy.  I used all my muscle power but couldn't move it.  LOL!
Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
They are able to produce different variants of weaved products  from the dyed pandan strips such as bags, hats and mats.
Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
People can just walk-in to buy their displayed finished products.  The sambalilos are so cheap!  We got the plain colored (35 php), colored (45 php) and multi colored (65 php) for us to bring home as pasalubong. 

Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
Sometimes, there are no weavers in the area as some women tend to bring it home and weave as they watch tv or take care of their kids.  You can contact the Cavinti government for advance and bulk orders.

We Travel Tripsters learned a lot about pandan weaving.  It is a great stop when in Cavinti Laguna.

Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
Address Covered Basketball Court Cavinti Laguna
Budget Per Person 35-5,000 Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving 
and Handicraft Center  Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours Monday to Sunday:
(even holidays)
Reservation Required No (Encouraged)
Contact

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bumbungan Eco-Park: Picnic Breakfast Before Cavinti Falls Trek (Brgy. Tibatib Cavinti Laguna)

Before our Cavinti Falls Trek, we stopped over at Bumbungan Eco-Park for breakfast.
bumbungan eco park
The place is open for public. And, it has become a popular stopover for many as it is near the waterfalls and poblacion or town center of Cavinti.  The tourist center is also located here.

bumbungan eco park
It is a  water spillway and wet bridge that was converted into a picnic grove.  Thus, it is great for any group activity.  And, some who opt to rest after a long trek can also use this as a venue.

bumbungan eco park
The sound of the rushing and crashing water is very refreshing and invigorating.

bumbungan eco park
Some even use the spillway for skim boarding and other activities.

bumbungan eco park
So let's eat!

bumbungan eco park
My friends and I had a great time here. =)  Cottage rental is 150 php.  But, you can just eat elsewhere if you want to save.

When looking for a resting or eating spot in Cavinti, we Travel Tripsters commend Bumbungan Eco-Park.
Bumbungan Eco-Park
Address Brgy. Tibatib Cavinti Laguna
Budget Per Person 0-150 php
Bumbungan Eco-Park Map
Payment Options N/A

Operating Hours 24/7
Reservation Required No
Contact